Yale College, Yale University
Wrote an adaptation of "The Normal Heart" for HBO
Was a founder of Treatment Data Project (TDP), which collects treatment data on people with HIV disease worldwide via the Internet
Becomes a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for writing "The Destiny of Me"
Off-Broadway debut of his second semi-autobiographical stage drama, "The Destiny of Me"
Wrote the politically-themed "Just Say No, A Play about a Farce"
Published "Reports From the Holocaust: The Making of an AIDS Activist"
Co-founded the protest organization ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power)
His semi-autobiographical AIDS-themed stage play "The Normal Heart" produced at NYC's Public Theatre
Was a co-founder of the Gay Men's Health Crisis, an organization created to provide services to those infected with HIV
Published novel "Faggots"
Penned the screenplay for the musical remake of "Lost Horizon"
Debut as screenwriter, "Women in Love"; also produced; received Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay
First film credit, as associate producer and additional dialogue, "Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush"
Became assistant to David Picker and Herb Jaffe at United Artists
Joined Columbia Pictures in NYC, then London as a story editor
Trained at William Morris Agency in NYC
Raised in Washington, DC
Did one-year stint in the US Army
Received 1996 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.
Kramer underwent a liver transplant in December 2001. The Associated Press erroneously reported his death when in fact Kramer had been moved from intensive care.
On why he wrote "The Normal Heart", Kramer has been quoted as saying: "I wrote it to make people cry: AIDS is the saddest thing I'll ever have to know. I also wrote it to be a love story, in honor of a man I loved who died. I wanted people to see on a stage two men who loved each other. I wanted people to see them kiss. I wanted people to see that gay men in love and gay men suffering and gay men dying are just like everyone else."
"I didn't expect to become an activist. That's for certain. I was on my way to being a screenwriter-a comedy writer-perhaps someday a playwright. ..."I didn't expect a plague."But it came, and a bunch of us, not a great many of us, enlisted in an army to fight it."That's how I became part of the gay movement. Which is very different from just being a gay man. And if I hadn't given much thought to what I might be expecting as a gay man, I certainly had no idea what it would be like being in the gay movement. I guess I'm still in the gay movement. I'm gay. I'm writing this. I write about only gay and AIDS stuff." --Kramer writing in The Advocate, March 1999.
"Larry Kramer is one of America's most valuable troublemakers. I hope he never lowers his voice." --Susan Sontag
After his 1973 musical adaptation of Frank Capra's "Lost Horizon" became a critical and commercial failure, Kramer decided to focus his writing on issues relating to the LGBT community.
His provocatively titled 1978 novel, Faggots, became a best seller, despite being banned by a number of bookstores.
Kramer attempted suicide by swallowing a bottle of aspirin while attending Yale in the mid-1950s.
Kramer had already spent several years as one of the nation's foremost AIDS activists, prior to learning he had contracted HIV in the late 80s.
His 1993 play, "The Destiny of Me," was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist.